The Grimsley girls will play for the State 4-A basketball title this Saturday in Chapel Hill at the Dean Dome.Â The WhirlieGirls will face Southview High School from Hope Mills and the big game will tip off at 5pm.
The WhirlieGirls, and we gave them that name, have improved to 30-1 after their 58-51 victory over West Charlotte last Saturday afternoon in Winston-Salem.Â Grimsley, coached by Phil Weaver, suffered their only loss of the seasonÂ to Page HS in the Pizza Hut Little Four semifinals back in December.
The Southview Tigers are unbeaten at 31-0 and they made it to Chapel Hill by defeating Wilmington Laney 51-37 in the girls 4-A East Regional final at JH Rose HS in Greenville.Â Hope Mills, the city proper for Southview is located downÂ below Fayetteville.
This will be Grimsley’s first visit to the girls state finals butÂ Coach Phil Weaver has taken the Grimsley boys to three state title games.Â Coach WeaverÂ has some great help onÂ his bench in Phil Barry, Wayne Butler, Hank Bullard, and Felicia Tate, all outstanding assistant coaches.
OnÂ the court theÂ WhirlieGirlsÂ have been led all year long by Trumae Lucas, the team’s leading scorer andÂ only aÂ junior.Â Nicole Hargraves is a veryÂ solid force inside but she failed to score against West Charlotte.Â Hargraves got into some foul trouble but senior Brittany Shaefer came on board and stepped upÂ to put in 6 big points off the WhirlieGirl bench.Â Jasmine Alston burned up the nets for 10 to help Lucas with her 26 and the very steady Kristin Fields and Brittany Nicholson added 8Â points each.
The WhirlieGirls rely heavily on Amber Cook and Roxanne Neumann to help to round out the eight girl rotation.Â Lucas, Hargraves, Alston, Fields, and Nicholson usually get the call to start and then Cook, Neumann, and Shaefer come inÂ to addÂ strength off of the WhirleGirl bench.
Let’s hope the WhirlieGirls can bring home the title, and did you know that they might not even be going for theÂ championship if not for a strange turn of events that took place backÂ when TruameÂ Lucas was heading into Middle School.
Lucas and her mom wentÂ out to Northeast Middle School to registerÂ Trumae for the new fall semester and they made their wayÂ up to the NEG Middle School office to ask for some directions and some help in getting the registration process under way.Â The ladyÂ in the Northeast Middle School office was rude to the Lucas family and Turmae Lucas’ mom said we’re not taking any of this and Ms. Lucas took her daughter to Kiser Middle School and got her into school there instead.Â Kiser is a feeder school for Grimsley and the rest is as they say,Â History.Â IÂ got this inside story from a very reliable girls AAU coach many years ago.
Our Dudley boys and girls both dropped their East Regional title games on Saturday andÂ are done for the year.Â The Dudley boys got beat up pretty bad in their final losing by nine but the way the officials were calling the game you would think the Dudley boys should have brought theirÂ football pads.Â The Dudley boys had a great run winning two straight state titlesÂ and whose to say they wouldn’t have madeÂ it three in a row if Kenny Belton doesn’t hurt his ankle.Â The Dudley girls and boys both have a lot to beÂ proud of after their championship runs.
High Point Andrews ran into a buzzsaw Saturday night over in Winston-Salem as the Concord SpidersÂ knocked the Red Raiders right out of the playoffs with a 75-51 CHSS(Concord High School Spiders) victory.Â The Guilford College Quakers wonÂ two games during their tripÂ up toÂ JohnsÂ Hopkins and now Guilford, led by theÂ big-man Ben Strong, is in the NCAA Division III Sweet 16.Â The North Carolina menÂ ripped Duke by 14 and now the Tar Heels own a part of the Blue Devils and their mascot for life, Bruce Mitchell.Â The North Carolina women, held off N.C. State and their motivational coach Kay Yow, to win the Women’s ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.
StartÂ your engines and get behind the WhirlieGirls this week and do all you can to support their quest for the championshipÂ trophy down in Chapel Hill thisÂ Saturday afternoon.Â Â